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This 18th-century palace was built for a Genoese merchant, who exported Macharaviaya playing cards to the United States, and lay abandoned for many years before its meticulous renovation in 2019, overseen by Antonio Obrador (Majorca‘s Cap Rocat and Son Net). Moorish touches now abound, from the patterned headboards of the 68 rooms to the splendid interior courtyard with its porticoed courtyard, chess floor, and esparto blinds. Grand arches lead to José Carlos García’s Balausta restaurant, where seven-course banquets can include king crab croquettes or cod with catfish stew.
Halfway between Malaga and marbellaLocated on Barcelona’s Golden Mile, and named after a casual flamenco dance, it is one of the new creations of the Marugal hotel group. Its previous incarnation, Byblos in Mijas, was a ’90s icon with celebrity fans including Princess Diana and Julio Iglesias, but La Zambra, which opened last summer, is less flashy. Mallorcan architecture studio Esteva i Esteva has scaled back the original Moorish design to create a minimalist sanctuary of peace and privacy, with faint echoes of early, earthy Tulum in neutral rooms and one of Andalusia’s largest spas, all white and aquamarine. The four restaurants are directed by chef Iker González Ayerbe, who brings his Basque origins to the best Mediterranean ingredients.
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Atarazanas Central Market
Málaga’s central market was a shipyard in the 14th century, and this late 19th-century building, built of wrought iron and stained glass, still retains its original Nasrid arch. The variety of products (cherimoyas from the Costa Tropical, pata negra ham from Ronda, strawberries from the Guadalhorce Valley) is equally fascinating, and Spain Food Sherpas works excellently. tapas Excursions. Ours started with the market classics fried fish and lemon anchovies before moving on to the ebony vermouth at the Almacén del Indiano and the pil pil shrimp wrap at the Uvedoble restaurant.
ADDRESS: Atarazanas Central Market, C. Atarazanas, 10, 29005 Málaga
In November 2022 Dani Carnero gets his first Michelin star with Kaleja, a gastronomic restaurant in the Jewish quarter of Malaga that honors the tradition of cooking over embers. Carnero, a local chef, trained with Martín Berasategui, Ferran Adrià and Manolo de la Osa before opening La Cosmopolita, also in the historic center. His newest restaurant, La Cosmo, is fun and casual. When not at Kaleja, diners can catch a front-row view of the chef directing the flow of dishes, from his own version of Russian salad (with hake) to conchas finas (giant clams).
ADDRESS: La Cosmo, C. Císter, 11, 29015 Málaga